April 26, 2020 Subject:
Excellent, memorable history of Britian!
I ran across this book on Amblesideonline.org. It is In Year 1 (1st grade) of Charlotre Mason's curriculum from the 1800s. It is amazing how much better (in my opinion) education was in the 1800s than today.
I know - we know more, and children more, now than we did then. But it seems like it often doesn't stick. So our education teaches is over and over. What's the problem? It's pretty simple. We teach things in the wrong order today. The adolescent brain is built to learn. No effort required - for certain things. In the first few years (grades 1-4) languages, stories, and art are best. This is why history stories are great. And why math and most sciences are better delayed a few years when the adolescent brain can better handle abstracts. And more advanced math like algebra and science like physics school really be delayed till grade 9 of 10.
Now ass to this book it is perfect for a 1st grader to listen to. Kind of a story hour. It has about a 5th or 6th grade reading level. And it is very well written. It is clear about right and wrong. Addressss legend and fact well. Hits all the right main points. Frequently reminds how past events impact the present. And was full of heart. A very memorable read.